By Art Beitchman

Some so-called 76ers fans wondered if boss man Daryl Morey was up to the job of re-tooling the team after a tough year.

That question was answered last week when the Sixers signed free agent Paul George after he spurned the Clippers and declined a player option of $48.7 million.

George chose the Sixers and a great chance to win it all with stars Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

Then Morey swooped in and signed former Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin to a 4-year deal for $32M.

Martin’s a tough defender and very good 3-point shooter, and has been seen to be the next power forward next season.

We’ll see when training camp opens.

Two coveted players making the choice to play for the 76ers should be no shock as this is a signature NBA franchise for many years.

Further proof of these two big signings the past week confirms the viability of the Philadelphia 76ers.

On Saturday, Martin reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Sixers worth $32 million guaranteed.

The $32 million pact is Martin’s most lucrative NBA contract to date. However, he apparently could have had significantly more guaranteed money had he just stayed with the Miami Heat.

The Heat had offered Martin $65 million guaranteed over five seasons before the free-agency period, according to Heat reporter Ira Winderman.

The deal reportedly would have been in the form of an extension, which would have required Martin to opt into the final year of his existing contract.

The deadline for Martin to opt into his deal passed last Saturday, meaning the Heat offer was no longer possible when Martin came to terms with Philadelphia.



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